The RAF Benevolent Fund recently awarded a grant of £1,200 for a series of 26 Yoga sessions at RAF Scampton.
The RAF Benevolent Fund previously provided funding to RAF Scampton in order to host a series of Yoga sessions. These proved extremely successful at the Station and following positive feedback the team at Scampton were eager to run another course in 2020.
Yoga offers personnel and dependants the opportunity to build on their strength, flexibility and breathing techniques, and can in turn benefit their mental health and emotional wellbeing.
On 4 February 2020, RAF Scampton Station Commander, Wing Commander James Parker, welcomed Yoga teacher Louise Housley at the very first of the sessions funded by the RAF Benevolent Fund this year.
Station Commander, Wg Cdr Parker said: "We're extremely pleased that the RAF Benevolent Fund have been able to support the funding of the new Yoga sessions here at RAF Scampton.
"Yoga is not only a physical activity, but also focuses on breathing techniques, mindfulness and relaxation. This means those taking part in the classes can learn to manage their mental wellbeing whilst working on their fitness."
RAF Scampton's remote location in Lincolnshire makes it difficult to access sessions elsewhere. Many Service dependants do not drive and there is little public transport connecting the Station to nearby towns, so travelling to other local gymnasiums and leisure centres is often not possible.
Hosting these Yoga sessions at the Station provides a significant opportunity for those at RAF Scampton to develop their own skills and to build relationships with others.